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Position of center of photo (Lat/Long): [23.34071/-78.95317]


Map: CubaSmall fires dot Cuba and the southern tip of Florida (United States) while white clouds are scattered throughout the regionís skies. The fires show smoke plumes at the higher resolutions of the image (500- and 250-meters per pixel), but are still relatively small and are likely to be a mixture of prescribed and wild fires.

The waters in this image are draped in the jewel-like colors of the Bahamas: turquoise, bright blue, and emerald green, and in the deeper blue-black of the Gulf of Mexico (left) and the Atlantic Ocean (right). The brighter colors surrounding the Bahamas are caused by the relatively shallow waters over the Little and Great Bahama Banks, which are shelves of land that were submerged as the continental glaciers of the last ice age melted. The jewel-like waters around Cuba and Floridaís tip could be a consequence of shallow waters, but could also be colored by a larger presence of microscopic marine organisms, such as algae and phytoplankton, which lend a darker-green tinge to the water.

Source of material: NASA

Further information: WikiPedia article on Cuba

Last Update: 2011-03-30